The second-annual Fayette County Farm to Fork Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19 at the Peterson Family Farm, the home of State Sen. Bob Peterson and Lisa Peterson.
Proceeds from the event, organized by the Fayette County Farm Bureau, will benefit the The Warehouse Youth Center in Washington C.H. The dinner is an opportunity for the community to come out to the farm, located at 5564 Grassy Branch Road, Sabina, and enjoy a “farm fresh” meal using locally-produced beef and pork as well as delicious harvest sides and dessert.
According to event organizers, the highlights will include: locally-raised meat as the main course and locally-grown veggies prepared as part of a competition between chefs from Streetside 62, The Rusty Keg, The Farmer’s Pantry and Werner’s BBQ; a cash bar featuring local beer and wine; dessert with locally-grown berries and homemade ice cream; and live music by Cattywampus.
The Warehouse recently celebrated 20 years in Washington C.H., but very few people realize how it came into existence. According to local dentist and native Dr. David Ginn, the “spark” that started it was an Emmaus weekend. This Christian retreat was in February of 1996 and Ginn came away from the experience wanting to do something for the community.
“I felt like we needed something for the youth,” he said.
Ginn recruited a few like-minded individuals and the group met for a year, laying groundwork. Steve Sobers, then-city manager, offered the old downtown theater for use and “Planet Youth” was born. This development eventually led to a private purchase of the old Reeves Carpet store on Elm Street, and Planet Youth’s new home was re-branded as The Warehouse.
Through the years, there have been ups and downs, numerous challenges and many times when the money just dried up. Ginn said, “We could’ve just closed the doors on several occasions.”
Fortunately, the dream did not die and The Warehouse continues to grow and change. Current director, Molly Gruber, has added social services and resources, expanding the influence of the center. On the horizon is a Wednesday night “church service” that will be provided by Sugar Grove Pastor Todd Wallace and others from the church.
The vision statement of The Warehouse is this: “To provide a safe, fun environment for the youth of Fayette County with the ultimate goal of leading them to Christ.”
Thanks to the determination and perseverance of Dr. Ginn and its governing board, The Warehouse is going strong, but still needs the continual support of the community.
The Farm to Fork Dinner is open to the entire community. Tickets are $40 per person. Table sponsorship is available for $400 (includes eight meal tickets and eight drink tickets). Tickets can be purchased at Weade Law Office, 220 E. Market St., Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or visit fayettecountyfarmtofork.eventbrite.com
Social hour begins on Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.